- where advocates can develop approaches to space development -

The Moon-Mars Analogue Base (MMAB) is a proposed facility where space advocates can work to bring together our concepts for space development. It would include some habitats and hardware illustrating what a permanent base on the Moon and Mars could look like. It would be a physical location to focus our efforts to illustrate and demonstrate concepts which we hope will be recognized as valuable and so influence the manner in which the actual permanent lunar bases would look like.

In comparison with other analogue bases, the MMAB concepts would be applicable to both the Moon and Mars, development and settlement-oriented, located where large number of people would see it every day, and primarily using inflatable structures.

Current plans are to locate the MMAB near Tucson, AZ due to the several organizations in that area that could collaborate at the Base. This includes the University of Arizona - Tucson including the Prototype Lunar Greenhouse, the local chapter of the National Space Society, and other departments and businesses.

The Moon-Mars Analogue Base (MMAB) would follow a master plan as it develops from initial habitat and outdoors hardware, through specialty habs, to a growing base resulting in a full settlement.

The UniHab would be a large, relatively flat-roofed, inflatable habitat. It would have different sections including an isolated hydroponic greenhouse section in which the CO2 levels could be elevated to accelerate plant growth. The flat roof would either be covered by lunar dirt or water would be pumped between to layers in order to provide protection from radiation, micrometeorites, and day-night thermal cycling.

Subsequently, specialty habs would be connected to the ever-expanding base. These habs would include the FarmHab, LifeSupportHab, MachiningHab, ResidenceHabs, MeetingHab, KitchenHab, GolfHab, etc.

The Moon-Mars Analogue Base development would result from formal and informal collaboration including with the local chapter of the National Space Society, faculty and students from the local and distant universities, local volunteers, members of the Space Development Network, and other organizations and individuals.

Each step of the development of the MMAB will provide an opportunity for media exposure to the project. The first major PR event would be the inflation set-up of the UniHab. The time-lapse of that "construction" will graphically illustrate how easy it is to set up inflatable habitats. This would be followed by a series of further developments including the centrifuge, hydroponics, kitchen, specialty habs, etc. Items such as the spacesuits for the crew and dog could garner considerable media attention as would simulations by teams.

The development of the MMAB would be funded by a combination of Kickstarter campaigns, philanthropists, educational fees, and potentially grants.

A side, but important project of the MMAB would be the Earth Independence Project. This means figuring out how to use local resources at the Moon or Mars to produce materials needed at a growing base.

Would you like to play a role in advancing space development by helping with any of a large number of projects that it entails? You don't have to live anywhere near Tucson to help. First, please join the Space Development Network and specify your interests. Importantly, please be proactive in this process. Choose an area that you can help and reach out to us. Space advocates of any level of knowledge, training, and skill can help move the ball forward. Thanks!

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